Priest Goes Viral for Blessing Churchgoers With Water Gun

May 17, 2020
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A photo of a priest using a water gun filled with holy water has gone viral.

Father Tim Pelc wanted to get creative in blessing churchgoers at a socially distanced service, reported Buzzfeed.

Several weeks ago, during Holy Week, the priest wanted to find a safe way during the coronavirus pandemic to bless people during the Easter season.

"You can't double-dip into the holy water container," Pelc said. "I thought, what could I do that would keep the quarantine restrictions going and give kids the experience of Easter?"

Larry Pelino, a parishioner, took the photos and received a lot of attention when St. Ambrose Parish first posted the images on Facebook in April. Recently, the picture has gone viral on Twitter.

After consulting with a doctor, Father Pelc decided to use a squirt gun. He put on extra gear, including a shield, face mask, and gloves, and waited in the parking lot for churchgoers to drive by, expecting to be blessed with holy water.

He said that the church didn’t advertise it, but at noon, he went outside, and there was a line of cars waiting.

The photos have inspired Photoshop battles on Reddit and have caused some to create memes.

Father Pelc said that he is surprised that the photos went viral, but he is happy that they’re making people laugh and smile during the global pandemic.

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